- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (December 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ASIN: 1595140573
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,433,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raisin Rodriguez and the Big-Time Smooch Hardcover – December 29, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8–Recently relocated across the country with her mom and stepfamily, 13-year-old Raisin sends a series of blogs and e-mails to her friends back home. She has never been kissed and desperately wants her first to be with CJ Mullin. The story revolves around her schemes to make it happen. While the novel begins with a fresh voice, the plot starts to drag midpoint and fails to keep readers interest. Girls looking for laughs about teenage angst written in diary form would be better served by Louise Rennisons Georgia Nicholson books or Meg Cabots The Princess Diaries (both HarperCollins).–Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY
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Gr. 6-9. In this sequel to The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez (2005), seventh-grader Raisin continues her blog with two California girlfriends. Her current preoccupation is classmate CJ Mullen (who works as a cartoonist with Raisin on a zine, CoolerThanYou) and getting him to kiss her. Predictably, Raisin is a lot more naive than she seems at first: she doesn't recognize Spin the Bottle when she encounters it at a party; she misses clues that her best friends, Lynn and Jeremy, have become a couple; and she passes up an opportunity for a practice kiss with a boy she doesn't care about. Goldschmidt's strength--her ear for frank middle-school dialogue--will endear her to readers, even as the language shocks many adults. This title can stand alone, but it's sure to prompt requests for Secret Blog. Give this to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice books and Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series. Kay Weisman
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Top customer reviews
Raisin learned her lesson when her private blog, TwoScoopsofRaisin.com, was exposed to her new school. Now she takes the precaution of changing her blog address every few weeks as "a necessary step toward ensuring secrecy and throwing off potential interlopers."
Raisin's online diary is mainly to keep her two best friends, Pia and Claudia, up-to-date about her life. Raisin's mom recently remarried and relocated the family from sunny, laid-back Berkley, California, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. So not only does Raisin have to deal with the trials and tribulations of being in seventh grade, she's also the new kid.
In RAISIN RODRIGUEZ AND THE BIG-TIME SMOOCH, Raisin continues to build her friendship with the alt kids Lynn and Fippy as well as the nerdy and brother-like Jeremy Craine. Plus, Raisin writes for an e-zine with the group and has developed a crush on one very cute comic strip artist, CJ Mullen. And that's where the obsession with kissing comes in.
Unlike most of her friends Raisin has never been kissed, thus begins the obsession. She really, really, really likes CJ, and has decided that he should be the first boy she wants to kiss. Over the course of the book, Raisin has ups and downs as she tries to get that first kiss. Her blog entries recount the hilarious details.
RAISIN RODRIGUEZ AND THE BIG-TIME SMOOCH is a light, funny read. Author Judy Goldschmidt has a knack for voice that comes through as the humorous quirky Raisin Rodriguez. The blog-style novel is also an interesting method to capture the way kids communicate today. Parents and librarians should note, however, that some of the topics and language used in this book might be a bit more for teens than middle-grade readers.
--- Reviewed by Kristi Olson
Now, I wouldn't say this book was as good as the first one (the secret blog of raisin rodriguez), and some parts were a little unbelievable, but overall I had a great time laughing along to Raisin's silly blog.
Sorry, just telling it like it is,